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Jury Finds Gang-Member Guilty of Firearm Offense Stemming from Hartford Club Shooting in 2020

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal jury in Harford has found CARL JONES, also known as “M.O.B.,” 42, of Hartford, guilty of a firearm offense.

The trial before U.S. District Judge Omar A. Williams began August 21 and the jury returned the guilty verdict yesterday afternoon.

According to the evidence disclosed during the trial and in court documents, in the early morning hours of February 16, 2020, Jones was involved in a gang-related shooting incident inside the Majestic Lounge on Franklin Avenue in Hartford.  During the incident, Jones, a member of Los Solidos, chased down, shot, and wounded a fleeing fellow gang member Joshua Saez and an unintended second victim.  Saez had just shot another gang member Marquis Treadwell, Treadwell’s girlfriend, and an unintended third victim.  Treadwell later succumbed to his injuries.  Jones used a .40 caliber Glock semiautomatic handgun, which he had retrieved from Treadwell after the initial shooting by Saez.  Jones fled the scene with the firearm, but Hartford Police later recovered it from a vehicle on Lawrence Street during an unrelated drug trafficking investigation in September 2021.

Jones’ criminal history includes convictions for felony narcotics, assault, larceny, and failure to appear offenses.  It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

The jury found Jones guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon, and offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

Jones is detained pending sentencing, which is not scheduled.

Saez is serving a state sentence for the murder of Treadwell and the assault of Treadwell’s girlfriend.

This investigation has been conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force and the Hartford Police Department.  The Task Force includes members of the FBI, Hartford Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, New Britain Police Department, West Hartford Police Department, Connecticut State Police and Connecticut Department of Correction.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert S. Ruff and Geoffrey M. Stone.

Updated August 24, 2023

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